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Help rehab beloved Smokies trail

Volunteers will help with projects on the Ramsey Cascades and Little Cataloochee trails. NPS photo Volunteers will help with projects on the Ramsey Cascades and Little Cataloochee trails. NPS photo

Volunteers are needed to help trail crews in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park rehabilitate the Ramsey Cascades and Little Cataloochee trails, with work sessions 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays through September.

The work on Ramsey Cascades Trail is part of a two-year project through the Trails Forever program supported by Friends of the Smokies. The 4-mile Ramsey Cascades Trail is one of the park’s most popular and offers the only route to the park’s tallest waterfall, 100-foot Ramsey Cascades. Rehabilitation will improve overall trail safety and protect the park’s natural resources. 

Volunteers will perform a range of trail maintenance and rehabilitation work, including installing drainage features, rehabilitating trail surfaces, building raised trail segments and removing brush. Jobs vary in complexity, but all volunteers must be able to hike at least 4 miles and safely perform strenuous and often difficult manual labor. They should be comfortable lifting heavy objects and using hand tools.

Equipment and safety gear will be supplied by the park, but volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toed shoes, and they must bring all the food, water and personal gear they will need for the day.

To sign up for a workday, contact Adam Monroe at 828.497.1949 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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